The Mirror

I am pretty sure that most of you who are reading this, have looked in a mirror today. Perhaps to fix your hair, shave, or make sure you look presentable before leaving the house. After all, one of the habits the majority of people have, is looking into the mirror daily.

Just think of where we would be, if we never looked in the mirror. Disheveled hair, overgrown or unmaintained facial hair, a lack of make up for the ladies, or even makeup that doesn’t look right, because who can put on makeup without a mirror? A mirror is important to our lives as it has been for centuries.

A mirror in our bathroom is a habit, but it shouldn’t be our only mirror. In fact, the most important mirror for our lives which should be a daily habit for us, is the Word of God. The Bible is a mirror that we gaze into in order to see how we need to clean up, fix up, or change our heart and lives.

Paul told Timothy that the Word of God corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right (2 Timothy 3:16). In essence, Paul is saying that the Scriptures are a mirror to show us how to live. This is a thought that I have been mulling over for quite some time. I have a daily habit of reading the Bible. It is one of the first things I do in the morning, but if I only read it and never look into it as a mirror, it will not have an effect on my life.

Over the last couple of months, I have been seeking to change my approach to the Word of God from just reading to actually seeking, even more, to allow it to change me in areas I need some work on. I read a chapter of Proverbs every day meaning I read through the book 12 times a year. Believe me, the more I read it, the more I see the things I need to change. One day, I will learn to get my tongue, among other things, under control. 🙂

There are two passages of Scripture that are my starting point. These places in the Bible are the mirror I gaze into that helps me see the many things I need to work on. The first one is a mirror to see how I am loving. Beginning with my wife, then my children, then to everyone else. Looking in this mirror daily helps me keep a constant check on my heart.

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wrongedIt does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. (I Corinthians 13:4-7 NLT)

Go through each of these traits of love every day and it will give you something to work on.

I also look at the Beatitudes to help me check my attitude. I like the way the AMPLIFIED BIBLE words this passage in Matthew 5. It gives a little more clarity to the things that Jesus challenges us to make a part of our lives. Again, these things are a mirror for us to see how we are doing spiritually.

“Blessed [spiritually prosperous, happy, to be admired] are the poor in spirit [those devoid of spiritual arrogance, those who regard themselves as insignificant], for theirs is the kingdom of heaven [both now and forever].“Blessed [forgiven, refreshed by God’s grace] are those who mourn [over their sins and repent], for they will be comforted [when the burden of sin is lifted]. “Blessed [inwardly peaceful, spiritually secure, worthy of respect] are the gentle [the kind-hearted, the sweet-spirited, the self-controlled], for they will inherit the earth. “Blessed [joyful, nourished by God’s goodness] are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness [those who actively seek right standing with God], for they will be [completely] satisfied. “Blessed [content, sheltered by God’s promises] are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. “Blessed [anticipating God’s presence, spiritually mature] are the pure in heart [those with integrity, moral courage, and godly character], for they will see God. “Blessed [spiritually calm with life-joy in God’s favor] are the makers and maintainers of peace, for they will [express His character and] be called the sons of God. 10 “Blessed [comforted by inner peace and God’s love] are those who are persecuted for doing that which is morally right, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven [both now and forever].

If you are like me, there are some of these things that we need to work on. Check this list daily.

I believe every Christian needs to keep a regular tab on their hearts. The only way we can make sure we are living the way Christ intended is by using the Bible as our mirror. Solomon said that we need to guard our hearts, for it is the well spring of life (Proverbs 4). The Psalmist showed us the way that we can guard our hearts; searching it. Search your hearts and see if their is any unpleasing way in there (Psalm 139:23-24). You can start searching by looking in the mirror.


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Inconsistency

How many times can we fall?
Only to find God forgives it all?

A mess-up here, a wrong word there
A lack of compassion when we should care

Disobedience when we know we should obey
And we do not heed His voice, when He tells us the way

Why is He so gracious in all of our inconsistencies?
Because He loves us, in spite of our unreliability
-Danny Cheney-

Legacy

“He reigned in Jerusalem eight years, and to no one’s sorrow, departed.” II Chronicles 21:20

Will you be missed when you are gone?  Are you leaving a legacy or will anyone be sad when you pass away?

I know this sounds like a cruel question, but I only intend to provoke thought.  What am I doing with my life that is affecting others for the good, so that I will be missed when I am gone?  Imagine being a king for 8 years and no one being sad when you died.  Jehoram had eight years to make a difference in the kingdom but lived contrary to God’s ways.  The result in the end was a painful death and no one caring that he died.

Our lives are short and we must leave a mark on the world in which we live.  If we are not doing something to impact those around us, we will slip into eternity unnoticed.  The endeavor of our lives should be to touch as many lives as we can and leave a legacy behind us.  Beginning with our family, our church, our neighborhood and our world.

I challenge you, decide today, to begin living different!  Live passionately for others!  Give your life away and see what God can do through you.  In the end, you will be missed!

Together, let’s make a difference in the world we live.  Let’s join together and touch the lives of those around us.

What’s On The Inside

What’s on the inside? 

Often when you look at something from the outside you can determine what is on the inside.  If you look at a Mercedes Benz from the outside, you know the interior is going to look good on the inside. 

I remember going to a nice two story mansion years ago; it was in the nicest part of Pasadena, Texas in the River Oaks Addition.  It must have cost, a million dollars.  From the outside it was gorgeous.  Pillars lined the front with large windows all around the house.  It was a dream house.  When we went inside, we had the shock of our lives,  there was barely any furniture and nothing hung on the walls.  They had bought too much house and could not afford to furnish the inside. 

This is often how we do with our lives.  We fix up our bodies; keeping in shape, dressing nice, making ourselves look the best outwardly, but what about inside?  How come we do not take as much care of our inside? 

The Psalmist prayed, “Cleanse me from secret faults.” (Psalm 19:12) 

We sometimes have faults that no one but God can see.  We are notorious for sweeping our sins under the rug while keeping the rug vacuumed.  Maybe we should clean out from under the rug first and then take care of the rug itself. 

Child of God, we must take extreme care that we do not harbor secret faults.  The eyes of the Lord are every where.  He sees even the deep crevices of the heart.  Ask the Lord to search your heart and when he reveals the secret faults, ask for forgiveness and clean them up.

Busy Spirituality

Do you ever get tired of being busy?

Isn’t it funny how we fill our lives with activity but somehow, we wind up regretting it?  Our lives are cluttered with so many types of “things” that we are distracted from the things of the Lord.

ImageWe have our kids and grandkids in sports.  School programs and extra jobs we must do.  The list doesn’t end there.  We have the “things” that must be done around the house and yet we still have to make room for all the church “things”.  Sometimes we feel more important if our calendars are filled with “things”.

Speaking of calendars, where on your calendar is your time of prayer?  I know you have appointments, but do you have an appointment with the Lord.  You may have doctor’s appointments to go to, but do you have an appointment to spend time with the Great Physician, Jesus Christ?

It has always amazed me that even in the church we keep the calendars full of activities but yet being busy doesn’t mean that we are somehow more spiritual or more alive.  Look at our weekly calendar at the church and find that we have thirty minutes dedicated to prayer out of a week of activities.  Is it the same in our lives?

We seem to schedule the most important element (prayer) out of our lives only to find ourselves too tired to pray.  Too tired to read the Word. 

I challenge you to slow down your life long enough to make sure that your relationship with God comes first.  Your prayer life is more important than activities and even more important than church ministry.  Everything you do in life should come after Prayer.  Adjust your life around spending time with God and watch your life be changed.